I’m pleased to announce that I just passed the Google Analytics “Individual Qualification” exam. That basically means that I know (at least 94% of) this material. It was a challenging exam, but at the same time it was fun to go through the various tutorials and brush up on the nuts and bolts of GA setup and configuration as well as its strategic usage.
I highly recommend it. You’ll learn new things and solidify existing knowledge as well.
Molstad Consulting Case Studies, Molstad Consulting News, Web Analytics
In Part 1 we set the stage for a adopting an agile web analytics methodology and looked at goal setting, KPI definition, closing data gaps, and creating your “to review” list.
In this post we’ll discuss data automation (and why it’s not the end-all-be-all), reporting strategies, insight brainstorming sessions, and the relative importance of data accuracy. Read more…
Web Analytics, Web Strategy Consulting
Time is, of course, money. If you really want to see an ROI from web analytics, you need to reduce the time to insight. This may mean slaughtering some sacred cows and taking a fresh look at what you’re tracking and why. In this series, I outline ways to abandon bureaucracy and obligatory reports, take action faster, and point out why more automation is not always the answer. Read more…
Internet Marketing, Web Analytics, Web Strategy Consulting
Martha Coakley’s failed Senate run has led many to review the key differences in strategy between her campaign and Scott Brown’s. It’s pretty clear that Brown took the web seriously and Coakley seemed to largely ignore many of the social media and web analytics strategies and tactics that swept Obama into office.
Ad Age and Social Media Today have taken a look at (and criticized) Coakley’s overall digital and social media’s approaches. This post narrows in and serves as a reminder of web analytics best practices which can mean the difference between coming in first or a distant second.
The Obama campaign tracked digital metrics obsessively yet ingeniously with great success. The techniques they used are just as applicable today as they were over a year ago.
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Continuing to tread on the territory of the major paid analytics vendors, Google Analytics just announced a number of new features that raise it to yet another level. These powerful, time-saving additions allow you to spend more time analyzing and interpreting your site’s performance, and less time foraging though the data.
Among the major additions are; automated and custom alerts based on significant changes in your data, advanced table filtering, expanded mobile reporting, the ability to share advanced segments, and more.
What do these new features mean for your business? Quite a bit. Read on for the details. Read more…
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Released in October of 2008, advanced segments for Google Analytics did more to bring the free tool up to speed with established paid tools like Omniture and Web Trends than any other single previous feature. It gives users the ability to define audience segments quickly and easily, and then apply those segments to any report in Google Analytics. The result is vastly more actionable reports.
Now you can quickly know:
- The percentage of “branded” search engine traffic (visitors who reached your site by searching for you by name) and their specific activities
- The traffic sources that are delivering quality traffic such as those that demonstrate engagement or directly convert
- The top content viewed by members of a specific audience segment such as visitors from California or New York, new visitors or repeat visitors, paid search or organic search visitors, or those driven via a specific email blast.
- The behavior of visitors who access your site via an iPhone or other mobile device
- The most common actions taken by those who access the site directly
- The most popular products across each key audience segment mapped to traffic source or landing page
The above is just a small sample of what can be revealed. Examples of criteria used to set up a segment might include, page title, organic keywords, paid keywords, internal search terms, network location, campaigns, entry page or exit page, product categories or even individual product purchases.
Fully utilizing advanced segments provides true context to your data so you can easily evaluate your site’s ability to communicate to and convert specific groups. It should be among the first steps of any web analytics initiative. Your segments should be regularly reviewed and updated to take into account new abilities to more clearly identify a segment. However, when updating segments, be sure to keep track of when those updates took place and factor this in as data totals may shift up or down. For instance, adding a new traffic source to a segment can markedly increase visit totals.
Start using advance segments today and watch your reports take on a whole new meaning.
Internet Marketing, Web Analytics